Some encouraging news for those who are still hoping the National Sports Collectors Convention will take place this summer.
The Chicago Auto Show, a major summer event that draws thousands of people, will return to McCormick Place July 15-19. It’ll be the first large convention to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic began but city and state officials say they’re planning to welcome other conventions and tourist events this summer. They emphasize there will be safety precautions—and the auto show’s regulations are pretty significant. A portion of the auto show will now take place outdoors. In addition, they’re requiring:
- timed entrance windows and staggered entry to prevent congestion on the show floor and at arrival
- temperatures taken and medical questionnaires to be filled out before entry is allowed into the event
- face masks to be worn at all times
- sanitization stations
- contactless delivery for tickets
The National is scheduled to take place two weeks later at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont with thousands of visitors expected each day. Holding part of the show outside isn’t likely an option.
NSCC organizers say they’ll make a decision about the summer dates by June 1 and have been working on potentially moving the event to October if it’s not practical to hold it during the normal time frame. Last year’s show in Atlantic City was wiped out by the virus.
Goldin Auctions Elite auction, which opened Sunday night, hit $20 million in total bids in less than five hours after opening.
The 1997 Upper Deck Michael Jordan Game-Used Jersey Autograph card has already reached $1.4 million, making it the highest-priced Jordan collectible item ever.
The auction continues through May 22-23.
Feeling good about the explosive growth of the category, eBay says it plans to “launch more innovation for trading cards throughout the year.”
No word yet on exactly what that entails, but the company has already added its Standard Envelope option for sellers and plans to make the listing process for sports cards much faster and easier later this year, with a process that’s already rolling out for gaming cards.
Russell Westbrook’s shoes from his historic performance Monday night wound up in the hands of a fan.
The Washington Wizards guard and future Hall of Famer became the first player to record at least 24 assists and 21 rebounds in a game with his effort against Indiana. He also scored 14 points for his 178th career triple-double, just three behind Oscar Robertson’s all-time record.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) May 4, 2021
It’s a tradition Westbrook started during his days with the Oklahoma City Thunder.